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Back in 1996 as the first wave of the American craft beer industry was beginning to fade, two guys in Escondido, California sunk $500,000 into a new brewery.
Frank Boon, who started as a blender, is considered by many to be the leading revivalist Lambic brewer in Belgium today. Boon is known for making completely traditional products, yet having the softest and most drinkable Lambics. They are tart and crisp, but with none of the acidic bitterness. His Lambics are 100% spontaneously fermented and he uses only whole fruits for his Kriek and Framboise, without the addition of syrups or extracts. Boon believes that Lambic does not have to be harsh to be genuine.
Brewery De Brabandere has been a family run brewery in Belgium since its establishment at the turn of the 19th century. Despite the many take-overs and the fusions in the beer sector, their goal is to maintain their independence in order to assure the beer quality and regional identity.
Brewery Van Steenberge is an independent, small Belgian family brewery located in Ertvelde, 15 miles north of Gent on the border of The Netherlands. The brewery has been in the same family since at least 1784 and produces 40,000 barrels annually, mostly high end specialty beers such as Piraat and Gulden Draak.
In order to provide for their needs and those of their foundations, as well as to support employment in their region, the Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have, since 1862, developed the production of Belgian beers and Trappist cheeses that, thanks to their character and quality continue to find great success.